Ander Herrera put in a stunning performance as Manchester United picked up a key 3-1 win against Aston Villa today - and his efforts were reflected in a pretty incredible set of statistics.
The Spaniard joined Manchester United over the summer from Athletic Bilbao in a deal worth just under £30 million, however his career at Old Trafford didn't get off to the best of starts.
He started just six Premier League games in the first half of the season amidst rumours that he shared a strained relationship with Louis van Gaal, however he's been key to their recent improved performances and he peaked against Villa today.
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The 25-year-old scored twice against Tim Sherwood's side to help the Red Devils put eight points between them and fellow top-four hopefuls Liverpool, who fell to a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal earlier on.
The post-match stats show that he enjoyed almost the perfect game. His goals came from just two shots on target which came from just two shots on target, while he also touched the ball 110 times, and passed the ball 98 times with a 96% completion rate.
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He drew plenty of praise after Manchester United's win, and the club's fans voted him man of the match. His double came on the back of his fine performance against Liverpool which has kickstarted the Red Devils run towards Champions League qualification. Wayne Rooney helped seal the win with a fine goal sandwiched in the middle of Herrara's double, while Christian Benteke scored for Villa.
Manchester United are up to third following the win - and Louis van Gaal says there's still plenty to play for this season.
"I am very pleased that we scored three goals because that's not so easy against this defensive organisation," he told reporters. "But as a manager you always want more, that we play with a higher ball tempo, but okay, I am very happy with the victory."
The Dutch boss added of Herrera: "[Ander] has a very good kicking technique and he should only be more composed," van Gaal continued. "I said to him 'you have to control the ball before you shoot'.
"I said that to him again in yesterday's training session, and then I kissed him at half-time because he had controlled the ball for the first time in his life and then he shot!
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